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Rusol rises to galvanise Ukraine

Published: Wednesday 6 September 2006, 22.43CET
Ukraine 3-2 Georgia Andriy Rusol scored with ten minutes remaining as the hosts came from behind to edge a five-goal thriller.

Match statistics

UkraineGeorgia

Goals scored3
 
2
Attempts on target6
 
2
Attempts off target2
 
1
Corners1
 
1
Fouls committed4
 
7
Yellow cards1
 
5
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:56 CET

Legend:

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Published: Wednesday 6 September 2006, 22.43CET

Rusol rises to galvanise Ukraine

Ukraine 3-2 Georgia Andriy Rusol scored with ten minutes remaining as the hosts came from behind to edge a five-goal thriller.

Andriy Rusol scored with ten minutes remaining as Ukraine came from behind to edge a five-goal thriller against Georgia in Kiev and start their UEFA EURO 2008™ campaign in winning style.

Rotan influence
The FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk defender rose to head Ruslan Rotan's cross into the top corner and complete a hard-fought comeback after Georgia had led with half-an-hour left. Shota Arveladze and Georgi Demetradze had earlier overturned Andriy Shevchenko's 31st-minute opener but within four minutes of Demetradze's strike Rotan had restored parity, paving the way for Rusol's late winner.

Early excitement
The result leaves Georgia with three points from their opening three games, and after the first two had brought nine goals, tonight's match was always likely to produce a few more. Zurab Khizanishvili almost broke the deadlock as early as the second minute when his long-range effort flew just over the crossbar with Olexandr Shovkovskiy struggling to make up his ground. Arveladze and Rotan also went close at either end before Shevchenko finally broke the deadlock, heading in Serhiy Tkachenko's right-wing cross.

Chanturia presence
Georgia hit back seven minutes later, Arveladze finding space in the area and blasting beyond Shovkovskiy and although the home team piled forward in search of a response, Grigol Chanturia proved an insurmountable presence in the Georgia goal. The visitors, who had lost 3-0 to France on Saturday, began to grow in confidence after the restart and silenced the partisan Olyimpiyskiy stadium crowd when Demetradze coolly slotted in from ten metres just after the hour.

Azzurri await
They soon regained their voice when Anatoliy Tymoschuk's vicious centre was powered into the net from close range by the head of Rotan and after a sustained rally from the determined Georgians, the FC Dynamo Kyiv midfielder then turned provider, supplying Rusol with the winner. Ukraine will have to plug the gaps ahead of their second outing on 7 October against Italy, who then travel to Georgia four days later.

Last updated: 07/09/06 1.43CET

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Lineups

Ukraine

Ukraine

Georgia

Georgia

1
ShovkovskiyOlexandr Shovkovskiy (GK)
34
ChanturiaGrigol Chanturia (GK)
2
NesmachniyAndriy Nesmachniy
5
KvirkveliaDavid Kvirkvelia
Substitution81
4
TymoshchukAnatoliy Tymoshchuk
10
KobiashviliLevan Kobiashvili (C)
Yellow Card32
6
RusolAndriy Rusol
Goal80
11
ArveladzeShota Arveladze
Goal38
Yellow Card88
7
ShevchenkoAndriy Shevchenko (C)
Goal31
13
KhizanishviliZurab Khizanishvili
Yellow Card88
8
ShelayevOleh Shelayev
14
GoguaGogita Gogua
Yellow Card25
9
GusevOleh Gusev
16
AsatianiMalkhaz Asatiani
11
RebrovSerhiy Rebrov
Substitution56
18
MenteshashviliZurab Menteshashvili
Substitution82
14
GusinAndriy Gusin
Substitution46
22
KankavaJaba Kankava
17
TkachenkoSerhiy Tkachenko
Substitution63
30
DemetradzeGeorgi Demetradze
Yellow Card39
Goal60
21
RotanRuslan Rotan
Goal61
36
ImedashviliDavit Imedashvili
Substitution34

Substitutes

23
KernozenkoVyacheslav Kernozenko (GK)
1
LomaiaGeorgi Lomaia (GK)
5
YezerskiyVolodymyr Yezerskiy
Substitution46
Yellow Card59
20
MujiriDavid Mujiri
Substitution81
10
VoroninAndriy Voronin
Substitution56
32
AshvetiaMikheil Ashvetia
Substitution82
16
VorobeyAndriy Vorobey
Substitution63
35
KandelakiIlia Kandelaki
Substitution34
19
KalynychenkoMaxym Kalynychenko
9
IashviliAleksandre Iashvili
20
BielikOlexiy Bielik
21
MartsvaladzeOtar Martsvaladze
22
SviderskiyVyacheslav Sviderskiy
37
ShashiashviliGiorgi Shashiashvili

Coach

Oleh Blokhin (UKR) Klaus Toppmöller (GER)

Referee

Jaroslav Jara (CZE)

Assistant referees

Patrik Filipek (CZE), Antonin Kordula (CZE)

Fourth official

Michal Paták (CZE)

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